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The WAE Center's LGBTQ+ Pride Month Art Exhibit Issues Call for Artist Entries

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Call for artists for LGBTQ+ Pride Month Exhibit
The WAE Center's "The Art of Inclusion" Pride exhibit is accepting artist entries until May 2, 2021. The exhibition is open to LGBTQ+ artists with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), as well as LGBTQ+ allies.

WEST ORANGE, N.J. - Rezul -- The WAE (Wellness Arts Enrichment) Center, a Jewish Service for the Developmentally Disabled (JSDD) program, is accepting entries for "The Art of Inclusion" Pride virtual exhibition, which will be held June 1 to August 1, 2021. The entry deadline is May 2, 2021 and artists may submit a maximum of three works. The exhibition is open to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) artists with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), as well as LGBTQ+ allies and caregivers. Artwork can be submitted through the Center's Artist Opportunity page.

The exhibition is seeking artwork that expresses authentic and diverse viewpoints from the LGBTQ+ experience. Artists are encouraged to show what being an LGBTQ+ person with IDD or ASD means to them and express what their Pride looks like. If an individual does not self-identify as LGBTQ+ but is a caregiver or ally, or is someone with IDD or ASD and adhere to the exhibition theme, they may also submit artwork for consideration.

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Fine art categories accepted

The exhibition is accepting fine art in these categories: painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, assemblage, collage, mixed media, jewelry, ceramics, sculpture, poetry, musical/audio recording. Additional submission criteria can be found at https://www.jsddmetrowest.org/artist-opportunity/.

Artwork will be selected by a panel of jurors appointed by the WAE Center. The Artist notification of acceptance will be May 10, 2021 and the Artists Opening Reception via Zoom will be held on June 8, 2021 7:00 PM.

About the WAE Center

The WAE (Wellness, Arts, Enrichment) Center, a Jewish Service for the Developmentally Disabled (JSDD) service, is an adult day program focused on adaptive arts and personal growth. The Center was founded on the belief and knowledge that each individual possesses the potential for creating a meaningful life, a process the Center calls "Finding the Spark Within." WAE's distinctive, holistic approach is built around tenets including dedication to the individual, unconditional acceptance, promoting self-expression, and embracing diversity and inclusion.

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About JSDD

Incorporated in 1996, JSDD of MetroWest, Inc., is a lead multi-purpose agency dedicated to providing an integrated program of community education, advocacy, and services for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. JSDD strives to maximize the potential of individuals with developmental disabilities and promotes opportunities for their integration into the Jewish and general communities. JSDD provides support, services, resources, information, and referrals to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families in the MetroWest NJ community and beyond.

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